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13 - 27 July 2019: No Fear, No Die


No Fear, No Die
Claire Denis, 1990, 91 min, 35mm
French with English subtitles

"In sharp contrast to the lush, exquisitely composed Chocolat, Denis' second film uses its rough edge handheld camera to explore the claustrophobic and fraught world of two black immigrant friends raising fighting cocks in a gritty Parisian suburb. A precursor to Beau Travail's study of uneasy male camaraderie No Fear, No Die carefully observes the subtly shifting dynamic between the two men – wonderfully played by Denis’ favorite actors, Alex Descas and Isaach de Bankolé – and the rituals and cruelties that define their world. " – Harvard Film Archive

Presented with the support of the Institut Francais. Part of our season on Claire Denis.